Baltimore, MD – Maryland’s seven coal-fired power plants dump tens of millions of pounds of toxic metals into the state’s waterways each year, according to a report released today by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups. None are currently required to limit the amounts of arsenic, mercury, lead and selenium they discharge into Maryland’s rivers and streams.
“These are all waterways that end up in our Chesapeake Bay,” said Clean Water Action’s Andrew Fellows. “That means this toxic pollution is flowing towards the Bay, too. When it comes to almost every other source of pollution, no industry is allowed to treat our Bay and its tributaries as an open sewer.
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SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.